All three of the team’s star drivers have, however, been called up for the ACM day to run through a big program ahead of the car’s full roll-out in 2018.
It is also expected to be the ZB’s last run before December’s aerodynamic homologation testing, where it will be evaluated for downforce and drag alongside the current Ford Falcon FG X and Nissan Altima L33.
All of the ZB’s testing this year is being done with the V8 engine aboard, with Triple Eight using its Sandman ride car for separate development of the V6 turbo that is scheduled to appear as a wildcard at several events next year.
Despite the heavy development workload, Triple Eight enters next weekend’s 2017 season decider in Newcastle with Whincup leading the drivers’ standings and the Red Bull HRT second on the teams’ ladder.
Whincup and van Gisbergen have both been in Newcastle this week for media appearances, joining a host of drivers in checking out the new 2.6km venue before the November 24-26 event.